[Nfbk] FW: [NCSAB Members] Blind Americans Equality Day 2012 Proclamation

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Tue Oct 16 14:06:55 UTC 2012



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Subject: FW: [NCSAB Members] Blind Americans Equality Day 2012 Proclamation


We didn't receive the message below until after the close of business
yesterday so it's a little late but still worth sharing. 


From: ncsab_members-owner at ncsab.org [mailto:ncsab_members-owner at ncsab.org]
On Behalf Of DeNotaris, David
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2012 4:42 PM
To: ncsab_members at ncsab.org
Subject: [NCSAB Members]


Hi Everyone:


Please see below, thank you for all you do in helping our customers achieve
independence at school, work and the community. 


Best wishes and continued success!





Office of the Press Secretary 

For Immediate Release October 15, 2012 

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As business leaders and public advocates, teachers and scientists, musicians
and athletes, and in countless other ways, blind and visually impaired
Americans have profoundly enriched every part of our national life. Today,
we celebrate their innumerable contributions, and we recommit to
guaranteeing equal access, equal opportunity, and equal respect for all
Americans. My Administration is working to ensure people with disabilities
have full access to the education, information, and job training they need.
Over the past year, we have continued to implement the 21st Century
Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which makes it easier for people
who are deaf, blind, or visually impaired to take advantage of today's
cutting-edge technologies -- including home and mobile broadband. As part of
that implementation, the Federal Communications Commission has established
video description standards for television stations that help ensure
programming is accessible for blind and visually impaired Americans. And in
keeping with the promise of equal access to technology under Section 508 of
the Rehabilitation Act, the Department of Justice reported last month on our
progress toward making Federal resources fully accessible and offered new
recommendations to further improve compliance throughout the Federal
Government. We are also striving to open new pathways for blind and visually
impaired Americans to pursue careers in all fields, including science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). To provide more
opportunities for students to achieve in math and science classes, the
Department of Education is promoting effective learning materials for blind
and visually impaired students. This year, the White House honored 14
individuals, including several who are blind, as Champions of Change for
their work to expand educational and employment opportunities for people
with disabilities in STEM fields. Their example affirms that when the
playing field is level, people with disabilities are equally capable of
excelling in these economically vital professions. When the American people
have the chance to succeed, we can achieve extraordinary things. Today, we
renew our commitment to innovative projects and initiatives that will propel
us further toward full access, inclusion, and opportunity for blind and
visually impaired Americans.

By joint resolution approved on October 6, 1964 (Public Law 88-628, as
amended), the Congress designated October 15 of each year as "White Cane
Safety Day" to recognize the contributions of Americans who are blind or
have low vision. Today, let us recommit to strengthening our Union and
ensuring we remain a Nation where all our people, including those living
with disabilities, have every opportunity to achieve their dreams. 
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America,
by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of
the United States, do hereby proclaim October 15, 2012, as Blind Americans
Equality Day. I call upon public officials, business and community leaders,
educators, librarians, and Americans across the country to observe this day
with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs. 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of
October, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and



David J. De Notaris | Director 
Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services 
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 
1521 N. 6th Street | Harrisburg, PA 17102 
717.783.3784 (P) | 717.772.1629 (F) 
ddenotaris at pa.gov 



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